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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Feb 22, 2011 9:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Vince? (Are They Kidding)

Capt., that is a cold, cold heart in some of your words in your post. But, it's your take and you didn't wussy around. So be it.
To say that I did not enjoy VW tenure w/GD would be a gross understatement. He had only two musical additions that I liked, tubular (no pun) bells and his back up vocals on FotM. I won't go into the long list of aggravating musical subtractions, some of which have already been mentioned. There are few shows I listened to during his 'era'. All of them have a strong Garcia presence and VW is (consequently?) muted.
That written, I did not know VW outside of his time on stage and had no opinion of the man. (How could I?)I did not know of VW health struggles during the '90's till this morning.
I keep coming back to this imagery of the GD, or maybe Mega-GD, as a pack of wolves. Keep up (look at BM), cause if you don't the trail is a lonely place out here. I have not witnessed too many people of fame and notoriety who have not had a hardened attitude to what they come to regard as impediments to their continued success. Maybe they get handlers to fire their long term drummer (David Kemper) or hide in procrastination which is another way of saying, Fuck You. The Marin mafia holds a firm grip on access and money. Ask Brent.
Lastly, I did not know that one of VW health problems was depression or of his suicide attempt on the tour bus. He must have been mortified when he came to his senses (and thankful he didn't die). The stigma society, even us, places on such illnesses or there consequences is heavy.
I wrote mortified then thankful, as an example of the confused thinking that brings a mind to the seeming inevitability of self destruction. At the end of VW homepage is something I'll pass on,
"Please, if you are suffering from depression, or know somebody who is, seek help for them or yourself. There is hope. Visit the National Institute on Mental Health for more information."

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Feb 22, 2011 8:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Vince? (Are They Kidding)

Called out - Remind me not to post after a 10 hour shift and no beer...

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Feb 23, 2011 8:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Vince? (Are They Kidding)

Oh, I have never written a post that I later regretted. ;-)


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